With the holidays right around the corner, people are looking for ways to weave local foods from Northern Michigan into holiday dishes. Watch as Benjamin Twiggs, located in Traverse City, shares some ideas for holdiay dishes using pumpkin butter, cherry honey mustard, cherry pepper jam and more.

When Benjamin Twiggs opened its doors in 1966 it was a pioneer in selling and promoting cherry products in and from Northern Michigan. By partnering with local suppliers, Benjamin Twiggs is able to create specialty food items that include not only cherries, but also raspberries, blueberries and more. 1215 East Front Street, Traverse City. 231-947-0208 or 1-877-BEN-TWIGGS (236-8944). www.benjamintwiggs.com.

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Enjoy these two recipes at your next holiday get-together or any time of year.

Cherry Pepper Meatballs


1             Jar Benjamin Twiggs Cherry Pepper Jelly or Jam (10 oz.)1/2 C       Benjamin Twiggs Dried Cherries
1/2 C       Ketchup1-2 lbs.    Meatballs (homemade or bought from the store)


Prepare meatballs and keep warm in oven or in a crock pot. Combine cherry pepper jelly, dried cherries and ketchup in a saucepan over low heat until jelly melts completely and all are well combined. Pour over meatballs and serve. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Butter Dip


1  block                   cream cheese brought to room temperature2 10 oz. jars            Benjamin Twiggs Pumpkin Butter1 small tub ( 8 oz.)  Cool Whip, thawed.


Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add Benjamin Twiggs Pumpkin Butter. Fold in Cool Whip. Chill. Serve with apple slices and/or ginger snaps.